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Single flexible sigmoidoscopy screening could help prevent colorectal cancer

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7343.934/a (Published 20 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:934
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Single flexible sigmoidoscopy screening at the age of 60 years offers an acceptable, feasible, and safe method to detect early colorectal cancer, a major UK study has shown.

    The study contacted a total of 354 262 people aged 55-64 years in 14 UK centres to ask if they would attend for flexible sigmoidoscopy screening if invited. Just over half (194 726; 55%) of the people said yes. This group was then randomly allocated to screening or to a control group; the controls were not contacted further.

    Nearly three quarters (40 674 of …

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